Fresh waffles. Blessed be the trail groomers.

The snow has finally fallen in sufficient quantity to justify getting the fat bike out. Riding in the snow is hard. It’s cold. You slip a lot. Climbing on ice and snow adds a new level of challenge. It’s the most beautiful experience and I love it. The winter forest is mostly vacant of other users. With the snow falling the silence and solitude is refreshing.

I was especially lucky today to ride right after the trail groomers came through leaving fresh waffles that make for perfect traction. I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am for the volunteers who keep the mountain trails open for us. As hard as it is to ride on packed snow, riding on fresh snow that is several inches deep is nigh unto impossible.

Photos don’t adequately portray the winter forest.

The ride – Providence Canyon